Montreal Swing Riot (2017-06-29/2017-07-02)Frankie Manning Foundation
The history of black culture in the United States is one of defiance and adversity, but is also rich with creativity, innovation, and hope.
Scroll on to discover how Google Arts & Culture has marked the occasion of Black History Month in recent years, in collaboration with some of the world's leading creative and historical institutions.
Portrait of Thelonious Monk by William Gottlieb by William GottliebSFJAZZ Center
2020: Our Most Searched Stories
In 2020, you asked, and Google answered! Users were treated to the most popular stories about black culture and arts based on the most searched-for content. From 100 years of Thelonious Monk's groundbreaking jazz keys...
Rosa Parks by Library of CongressNational Women's Hall of Fame
STS-47 MS Jemison works in the Spacelab Japan (SLJ) module aboard OV-105 (1992-09-20)NASA
Moses(es) premiere (2013) by Artistic Director/Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
HellaBlackLindyHop Performance (2018-05-26) by Brett Dahlenburg - VideoFrankie Manning Foundation
...or dance along to the Lindy Hop!
African American quilts (c. 1900) by Edith MorganSouls Grown Deep Foundation
2021: Weaving New Stories
This year, we celebrate new stories. Gee's Bend, Alabama is perhaps an unlikely hub of black culture. But from the early 1800s, weavers and makers in this small black community continued to defy oppression, slavery, and Jim Crow to create vibrant, meticulously crafted quilts.
Broken Pieces (2008) by Marlene Bennett JonesOriginal Source: Private Collection
First Lady Michelle Obama (2018) by Amy SheraldSmithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
The Gee's Bend quilts themselves have such strong heritage that they even get a nod in Amy Sherald's official 2018 portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Shindana Catalog (1976) by Shindana ToysThe Strong National Museum of Play
Power through play
The representation of people of color in toys has historically been either based in harmful stereotypes or simply non-existent. From the 1960s through to the '80s, Shindana Toys sought to change that, promoting positive representation through play.
Josie And The Pussy Cats Original Production Cel 1 (1970-09-12/1971-01-02) by Hanna-BarberaMuseum Of UnCut Funk
Black Nerd Comedy on Black comics
...then watch and listen as black nerds tell you the joyous, creative, future-oriented history of black comics.
Art and Identity
Watch and learn as six artists, including Kehinde Wiley and Wangechi Mutu, explore the links between creative expression and black identity from African history to contemporary Western art.
Supermodel (1994) by Kerry James MarshallMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston